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  1. Farallons trip report - Horned Puffin and more. LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:17am, 1 day(s) ago
    Calbirders A late report of our double header to the Farallon Islands this weekend, out of Half Moon Bay. Saturday was sunny, Sunday foggy and a bit choppier. On Saturday we happened to luck out on the arrival day of a female Brown Booby, the first which has been on the Farallons this season, this bird was also there on Sunday. The Northern Gannet was seen on both days as we moved north along the coast, on Egg Rock (Devils Slide). The big highlight on Saturday was youth birder Jonah Benningfield spotting an adult Horned Puffin, which we were able to see flying around and then swimming. We were able to communicate the sighting to the biologists on the island, and they were real happy as it was a lifer for some of the team. The bird was not there on Sunday, and I have heard of no positive reports since then. On Sunday a Scrippss Murrelet was the 8 th alcid species for us this weekend, Marbled Murrelets near shore have been reliable this year. Interestingly, yesterday we spotted a Scrippss Murrelet in Pillar Point Harbor, the first anyone can recall around here from land. Given how reliable this species has been here this season thus far, and this land based observation, I do wonder if they are being pushed in higher numbers out our way this year, and if some food issue may be happening Ashy Storm-Petrels were found in a nice concentration near the island, with a couple of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. Good numbers of shearwaters, phalaropes, and Black-footed Albatross on both trips. The Northern Fulmar numbers continue to be higher than usual. All three jaegers were found during the weekend, as well as a nice South Polar Skua on the Sunday. Note that Farallon biologists saw a Hawaiian Petrel on Friday flying by the island. Humpback Whales were off the hook on Saturday, an awesome display of lunge feeding. Photos of puffin and booby here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47791646 So a great couple of island trips, and we are looking forward to our offshore pelagics (Saturday out of Half Moon Bay has spaces) this weekend which will allow us to sample more deep water than in the Farallon trips. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ . For southern Californians, on Sept 22 we have a trip heading out of Avila Beach (Morro Bay). Good birding. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com 
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  3. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks at the end of this month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1 AM and returning at 9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are only TWO spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet. On July 15 a trip from Ventura to nearby waters recorded nearly 100 Cook's Petrels, Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, two Nazca Boobies, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels. Additionally, t hree Townsend's Storm-Petrels were photographed on a trip out of San Diego on July 29. <
    /div>
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  5. Beat the Heat on a Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Jul 27, 2018, 22 day(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    
    We are well into the sizzling days of summer and its a good time to think about lining up your pelagic trips.
    
    The year 2018 marks 43 years of offering pelagic trips by Shearwater Journeys! It has been an amazing journey, to be sure. Beginning August and running until October 21, we have a full line up of seabird and offshore trips ahead. Trips depart from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Sausalito to the Farallon Islands. Presently, all trips on our program have spaces available except the August 11, Half Moon Bay trip which is sold out. A few trips are nearly sold out.
    
    FARALLON ISLANDS: AUGUST 5 & 12
    Spaces are available on both of these trips, although only 4 spaces are open on the August 12 trip.
    DEPARTURE: 7:30 am from Clipper Yacht Harbor, Sausalito. Return about 4 pm.
    From Sausalito, well sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on a spotlessly clean, stable catamaran with excellent deck space to see the largest breeding seabird colony south of Alaska. Absolutely teeming with seabirds, the past few years weve also encountered NORTHERN GANNET, BROWN and BLUE-FOOTED BOOBIES. We have a 100% success rate finding many amazing TUFTED PUFFINS, up close and personal. Well head out to the edge of the Continental Shelf to look for albatross and other seabirds, and whales. Great photo ops of not only the seabirds, but also the Golden Gate Bridge from below.
    One trip report can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/farallon-islands-august-3-2014-trip.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/08/trip-report-august-4-2013-farallon.html
    
    MONTEREY BAY: AUG. 3, 24, 31; SEP. 7, 8, 14, 16, 28, 29, 30; OCT. 6, 13, 21.
    For four decades we have offered seabird trips at Monterey Bay, recording some of the most amazing records not only for California, but also first records for North America. August is a great time to get out for the early fall migrants, especially Arctic Tern and Sabines Gull. It is also one of the best months for HAWAIIAN PETREL which we found on our August 25, 2017 Monterey trip. I have seen at least 10 Hawaiian Petrels during August.
    DEPARTURE: 7:00 am from Chris Fishing Shop, Fishermans Wharf, Monterey. Return about 3 pm.
    There is almost no finer place than Monterey Bay to see the best variety of seabirds and marine mammals during the fall season.
    
    **PLEASE NOTE: AUGUST 3 we shall be searching for COOKS PETRELS as 100+ were found on the recent Ventura pelagic trip. When this happened in 2009, we had a great time with Cooks Petrels also showing up on our Monterey trips. It was a record year.
    Trip reports of 2009 and the Cooks Petrel invasion.
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/monterey-bay-cooks-july-31-2009-story.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/still-cookin-chase-on.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/monterey-bay-nearshore-cooks-petrels.html
    
    MONTEREY BAY: OFFSHORE ALBACORE: SEP. 9 & 15.
    We invented the albacore trip nearly thirty years ago. Always a sell out, this is the single hottest selling trip on our program and with good reason. We have scored a number of first records including JOUANINS PETREL, STREAKED SHEARWATER, RED-TAILED and RED-BILLED TROPICBIRDS. This is the best trip to search for GUADALUPE and CRAVERIS MURRELETS, all three jaeger species, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and blue whales. Please note: There was a misprint on my postcard mailer for the SEPTEMBER 9 DATE it is an albacore trip, not a bay trip. Spaces are available on September 9, but only 2spaces are available for September 15.
    
    More about the Albacore trips:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html
    
    HALF MOON BAY: AUG. 11 (SOLD OUT); SEP. 22, 23; OCT. 13.
    We have a long history of being the first to offer pelagic trips departing from HMB. Expect the regular fall migrants with a chance to see Marbled Murrelet and possibly, the Northern Gannet. Rarities we have seen include: SALVINS ALBATROSS, WHITE-CHINNED PETREL, and several times, HAWAIIAN PETREL.
    
    COUNTY BIRDING: Usually, we cover at least two counties on each trip. So, for county birders, thats a good thing. Some of our Monterey trips have a special focus in Santa Cruz County a very difficult county for ticking seabirds.
    
    RESERVATIONS: To make a reservation on a trip that is close to sold out (which includes: Aug. 12; Sep. 7, 15), please email Debi: debi@... .
    
    CHUMMING: Shearwater Journeys has been collecting data on seabirds in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for over 40 years. This unique data set provides information on potentially substantial changes in seabird populations over time, in this area. To ensure continued collection of data on seabirds in the sanctuary using consistent methodology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reissued a research permit to use fish and squid-based seabird attractants (chum) within the sanctuary boundaries. This year, the permit was expanded to include our departures from Half Moon Bay. The Sanctuary recognizes the potential research importance of data collected by researchers on birder-based pelagic trips. We shall be chumming on all Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay trips this season and in 2019. You, as a participant, will be actively engaged in collection of data. Thank you, in advance.
    
    Seabirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  7. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2018 @ 10:45am, 39 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks next month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are currently about 10 spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  9. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 29, 2018, 3 month(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    I am trying to organize a pelagic trip to the Cortez Bank this year. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer (same boat used on Orange County Audubon pelagics), leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost will likely be $200 (it will not be more than that).
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to add species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger to your LA County (and California) list. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going, please email me back (off list) and let me know so I can put your name on the manifest and determine if there is enough interest to fill the boat. I have a list of about 15 people who have expressed interest already, but we need at least 15 more to fill the boat and make this trip happen. If you have any questions regarding the details of the trip, please contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
    
    Tom
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  11. May 10 cruise-ship: 4 Hawaiians, 2 Murphy's, 25 Cook's, 8 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 11, 2018 @ 4:55am, 3 month(s) ago
    On May 10 th , some 35 birders
    aboard the
    northbound Emerald Princess were off extreme northern San Luis
    Obispo to
    southern Mendocino Counties. We were perhaps even very slightly
    farther
    offshore than “usual” and started with 25 knot NW winds, which
    increased during
    the day to 35-40 knots. Given that the winds and resultant nasty
    seas were right
    on the bow, the ride was fine. Overall numbers and diversity of
    species were somewhat
    low, and much of the transect south of San Francisco County had
    especially low
    numbers of birds, BUT….. Laysan Albatross:   very
    good total of 8 birds (for May)—3 Monterey, 3 San Francisco, 1
    Sonoma, 1
    Mendocino Hawaiian Petrel:   good
    total of 4 birds—1 Monterey, 1 Sonoma, 2 Mendocino Murphy’s Petrel:   only
    2 seen—1 San Francisco, 1 Mendocino Cook’s Petrel:  
    total
    of at least 25 included one or two birds that paced the ship for
    almost 100
    miles; 1 in Monterey and then species in view much of time
    between San Francisco
    and Mendocino Arctic Tern:  
    total of
    9—all in San Francisco Good photos obtained of all three
    pterodromas. --Paul Lehman
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  13. Repositon cruise sightings May 1-3 LINK
    DATE: May 5, 2018 @ 7:32pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Leonie Batkin and I were on aHolland America Line ( New Amsterdam )reposition cruise from San Diego to Vancouver.
    
    Sightings below are from San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sonoma
    and Del Norte Counties May1-3.
    
    May 2
    
    Santa Barbara County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 3 )
    
    San Luis Obispo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    San Mateo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Laysan Albatross ( 3 )
    
    San Francisco County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    Sonoma County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    May 3
    
    Del Norte County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Hawaiian Petrel ( 1 )
    
    ( 2 ) Murphy's Petrels were inCurry County not long after crossing into Oregon.
    
    Other birds noted in Californiawere ( 53 )Black-footed Albatross, (41 )Northern Fulmars,( 300 )Sooty Shearwaters,
    ( 30 ) Pink-footed Shearwaters, ( 520 ) Leach's Storm-Petrels ( Del Note Co.), ( 34 )Black Storm-Petrels ( San Diego Co. )
    ( 28 )Red-necked Phalaropes,( 1 ) Red Phalarope, ( 12 )Pomarine Jaegers, ( 2 ) Parasitic Jaegers, ( 1 ) Long-tailed
    Jaeger ( San Mateo Co. ),( 183 ) Sabine's Gulls,( 1 ) Arctic Tern (Santa Barbara Co. ), ( 2 ) Marbled Murrelets,
    ( 2 ) Scripp's Murrelets ( San Diego Co. ), ( 6 ) Cassin's Auklets, ( 1 ) Rhinoceros Auklet, (7 ) Eurasian Collared
    Doves together on board with a Brown-headed Cowbird.
    
    We had heard oftwo other birders on board, but were not able to track them down. So there may be some additional
    sightings.
    
    Ron Thorn
    Redwood City, California
    
    
    
    
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  15. JOUANIN'S PETREL: A FIRST RECORD FOR NORTH AMERICA LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2018 @ 9:05pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    JOUANIN’S PETREL: FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RECORD:
    
    Today I learned that the “mystery” petrel briefly observed and photographed during the Saturday, September 12, 2015 Shearwater Journeys’ offshore albacore trip has been accepted by the California Bird Records Committee as a JOUANIN’S PETREL ( Bulweria fallax ). This record represents the first accepted record of this north-west Indian Ocean seabird for North America.
    
    This was a sold out trip accompanied by leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater. In addition, Will Brooks (a leader) was on board as a “regular” along with his father, Jim Brooks. Expert seabirder, Fabio Olmos from Brazil was on board, along with many keen local and out-of-state seabirders: Cooper Scallan, Doug Koch, Bryan Hix, Paul Fenwick, Chris Hartzell, Hillary White, Peder Svingen, Peter Haines, and others. Our captain this day was John Klusmire whose experience with Debi dates back to the mid-1980’s.
    
    Ace leader, Alex Rinkert, first spotted the petrel and called it a “Bulwer’s Petrel” from the stern of the boat which was a pretty darned good call. As the petrel circled the vessel toward the bow, Scott Terrill and I had a view as it crossed to the other side. However, having seen quite a few Bulwer’s Petrels (including the first record for North America on another of our Monterey Bay trips some years ago), I was immediately convinced that this bird was not a Bulwer’s Petrel, based on size alone. The sighting was in Santa Cruz County, based on using “nearest point of land” and at a depth of only 200 fathoms. This species occurs in shallow waters within its normal range.
    
    It should be noted that an extremely warm water “river” occurred along the north coast, off Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay during this period. The presence of warm water by itself was not so much a factor, as the fact that it smashed into a front of significantly cold water. It was this frontal zone that produced the food for seabirds. (It’s all about food.) Indeed, only 3 days later, we found a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL on our September 15, 2015 Half Moon Bay trip. That petrel flew in and sat on the water for 45 minutes— birders seemed to become bored with it!
    
    Much discussion ensued following the sighting of the September 12 petrel. Eventually, Scott Terrill and I put together all of the details we could muster— including many (not-so-great) photos which became known as “the petrel package.” This was circulated to some of the top world seabirders. David Ainley, Peter Harrison and Hadoram Shirihai responded independently and immediately that they judged the petrel to be a JOUANIN’S PETREL!
    
    Finally, the package went to the CBRC and they made a concurring diagnosis. Of course, any first record for North America requires a laborious vetting, but especially so with seabirds which often present the most fleeting of views.
    
    So, although we had a very good number of images, I would not particularly call any of them “great.” I will try to put up a post on my blog with some of these images. I will post about that when it becomes available.
    
    Subsequent to our first record, nine months later (June 2016) a petrel captured during mist netting at Santa Cruz Island (southern California) was identified as a Jouanin’s Petrel. It may or may not have been the same individual we saw in September 2015.
    
    Jouanin’s Petrel occurs widely offshore in the Arabian Sea and Gulfs of Aden and Oman, where it is the commonest pelagic seabird. It has showed up as a vagrant off Australia, Kenya, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, and other places. BirdLife lists this species as Near Threatened. There are about 4 records for Hawaii.
    
    If you’d like to read an interesting and fun tale about Jouanin’s Petrels, I recommend this article by my friend, Bob Flood:
    http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Scilly_Pelagics_Jouanins_Petrels.aspxs_id=746315633
    
    HISTORY OF OFFSHORE MONTEREY ALBACORE TRIPS:
    
    The “albacore, offshore Monterey” pelagic trip was invented by Debi Shearwater back in 1983. During the 1980’s albacore, a type of tuna, regularly occurred off Monterey Bay. Reports from fishermen of incredible seabird activity prompted me to begin offering these 12 hour trips. The purpose of this trip was to present a wholistic approach to enjoying marine life. To that end, we endeavored to search for key seabirds, including Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets; blue and Baird’s Beaked whales; and to catch albacore, the “cadillac” of the tunas. We never dreamed these trips would turn out to produce so many incredible seabird records. Even though the albacore changed their migration pattern and rarely occur off Monterey nowadays, we continue to operate albacore trips. These trips always sell out in advance.
    
    Other rare, or very uncommon seabirds we have discovered on Shearwater Journeys’ past albacore trips have included: Laysan Albatross; Cook’s and Hawaiian Petrels; Streaked, Flesh-footed, Greater, and Manx Shearwaters; Least and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Red-billed and Red-tailed Tropicbirds; Brown Booby; Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets. This is a spectacular trip for jaegers, often encountering over 100 in one day! We almost always have a “grand slam” on Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, Long-tailed being the most commonly sighted. It is the single best trip to see South Polar Skua.
    
    Our September 9, 2017 Albacore trip indeed found all of the jaegers, South Polar Skua; Guadalupe, Scripps’s, and Craveri’s Murrelets, and many of the “regular” fall species. Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart were “bonus” birds.
    
    OUR UPCOMING ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SUN. SEP. 9
    SAT. SEP. 15
    
    See our complete schedule for 2018:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Past trip reports:
    Oct. 6, 2001 with STREAKED SHEARWATER and Black-throated Gray Warbler:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag011006.html
    Sep. 15, 2002 with 42 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and murrelets:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/020913.html
    Sep. 10, 2006 with ten FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS and 1500+ Buller’s Shearwaters:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag060910.htm
    Sep. 13, 2008 with 7000 ASHY STORM-PETRELS:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2008/09/shearwater-birthday-birding-sep-13-2008.html
    Sep. 12, 2009 with 24 COOK’S PETRELS and one HAWAIIAN PETREL:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    I gratefully thank all of the leaders and especially, the participants from near and far —representing 14 different states in the USA and Canada and Brazil. Without you , the participants, we have nothing. Special thanks to the many photographers on board who sent their images, and to the reviewers who worked on this amazing record.
    
    Now check that box!
    What’s next
    Still discovering first North American records after 40 years of trips!
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  17. JOUANIN'S PETREL: A FIRST RECORD FOR NORTH AMERICA LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2018 @ 9:04pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    JOUANIN’S PETREL: FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RECORD:
    
    Today I learned that the “mystery” petrel briefly observed and photographed during the Saturday, September 12, 2015 Shearwater Journeys’ offshore albacore trip has been accepted by the California Bird Records Committee as a JOUANIN’S PETREL ( Bulweria fallax ). This record represents the first accepted record of this north-west Indian Ocean seabird for North America.
    
    This was a sold out trip accompanied by leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater. In addition, Will Brooks (a leader) was on board as a “regular” along with his father, Jim Brooks. Expert seabirder, Fabio Olmos from Brazil was on board, along with many keen local and out-of-state seabirders: Cooper Scallan, Doug Koch, Bryan Hix, Paul Fenwick, Chris Hartzell, Hillary White, Peder Svingen, Peter Haines, and others. Our captain this day was John Klusmire whose experience with Debi dates back to the mid-1980’s.
    
    Ace leader, Alex Rinkert, first spotted the petrel and called it a “Bulwer’s Petrel” from the stern of the boat which was a pretty darned good call. As the petrel circled the vessel toward the bow, Scott Terrill and I had a view as it crossed to the other side. However, having seen quite a few Bulwer’s Petrels (including the first record for North America on another of our Monterey Bay trips some years ago), I was immediately convinced that this bird was not a Bulwer’s Petrel, based on size alone. The sighting was in Santa Cruz County, based on using “nearest point of land” and at a depth of only 200 fathoms. This species occurs in shallow waters within its normal range.
    
    It should be noted that an extremely warm water “river” occurred along the north coast, off Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay during this period. The presence of warm water by itself was not so much a factor, as the fact that it smashed into a front of significantly cold water. It was this frontal zone that produced the food for seabirds. (It’s all about food.) Indeed, only 3 days later, we found a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL on our September 15, 2015 Half Moon Bay trip. That petrel flew in and sat on the water for 45 minutes— birders seemed to become bored with it!
    
    Much discussion ensued following the sighting of the September 12 petrel. Eventually, Scott Terrill and I put together all of the details we could muster— including many (not-so-great) photos which became known as “the petrel package.” This was circulated to some of the top world seabirders. David Ainley, Peter Harrison and Hadoram Shirihai responded independently and immediately that they judged the petrel to be a JOUANIN’S PETREL!
    
    Finally, the package went to the CBRC and they made a concurring diagnosis. Of course, any first record for North America requires a laborious vetting, but especially so with seabirds which often present the most fleeting of views.
    
    So, although we had a very good number of images, I would not particularly call any of them “great.” I will try to put up a post on my blog with some of these images. I will post about that when it becomes available.
    
    Subsequent to our first record, nine months later (June 2016) a petrel captured during mist netting at Santa Cruz Island (southern California) was identified as a Jouanin’s Petrel. It may or may not have been the same individual we saw in September 2015.
    
    Jouanin’s Petrel occurs widely offshore in the Arabian Sea and Gulfs of Aden and Oman, where it is the commonest pelagic seabird. It has showed up as a vagrant off Australia, Kenya, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, and other places. BirdLife lists this species as Near Threatened. There are about 4 records for Hawaii.
    
    If you’d like to read an interesting and fun tale about Jouanin’s Petrels, I recommend this article by my friend, Bob Flood:
    http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Scilly_Pelagics_Jouanins_Petrels.aspxs_id=746315633
    
    HISTORY OF OFFSHORE MONTEREY ALBACORE TRIPS:
    
    The “albacore, offshore Monterey” pelagic trip was invented by Debi Shearwater back in 1983. During the 1980’s albacore, a type of tuna, regularly occurred off Monterey Bay. Reports from fishermen of incredible seabird activity prompted me to begin offering these 12 hour trips. The purpose of this trip was to present a wholistic approach to enjoying marine life. To that end, we endeavored to search for key seabirds, including Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets; blue and Baird’s Beaked whales; and to catch albacore, the “cadillac” of the tunas. We never dreamed these trips would turn out to produce so many incredible seabird records. Even though the albacore changed their migration pattern and rarely occur off Monterey nowadays, we continue to operate albacore trips. These trips always sell out in advance.
    
    Other rare, or very uncommon seabirds we have discovered on Shearwater Journeys’ past albacore trips have included: Laysan Albatross; Cook’s and Hawaiian Petrels; Streaked, Flesh-footed, Greater, and Manx Shearwaters; Least and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Red-billed and Red-tailed Tropicbirds; Brown Booby; Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets. This is a spectacular trip for jaegers, often encountering over 100 in one day! We almost always have a “grand slam” on Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, Long-tailed being the most commonly sighted. It is the single best trip to see South Polar Skua.
    
    Our September 9, 2017 Albacore trip indeed found all of the jaegers, South Polar Skua; Guadalupe, Scripps’s, and Craveri’s Murrelets, and many of the “regular” fall species. Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart were “bonus” birds.
    
    OUR UPCOMING ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SUN. SEP. 9
    SAT. SEP. 15
    
    See our complete schedule for 2018:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Past trip reports:
    Oct. 6, 2001 with STREAKED SHEARWATER and Black-throated Gray Warbler:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag011006.html
    Sep. 15, 2002 with 42 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and murrelets:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/020913.html
    Sep. 10, 2006 with ten FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS and 1500+ Buller’s Shearwaters:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag060910.htm
    Sep. 13, 2008 with 7000 ASHY STORM-PETRELS:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2008/09/shearwater-birthday-birding-sep-13-2008.html
    Sep. 12, 2009 with 24 COOK’S PETRELS and one HAWAIIAN PETREL:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    I gratefully thank all of the leaders and especially, the participants from near and far —representing 14 different states in the USA and Canada and Brazil. Without you , the participants, we have nothing. Special thanks to the many photographers on board who sent their images, and to the reviewers who worked on this amazing record.
    
    Now check that box!
    What’s next
    Still discovering first North American records after 40 years of trips!
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  19. HAWAIIAN PETREL: MONTEREY BAY LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2017, 12 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ August 25th Monterey Bay pelagic trip enjoyed an exquisite flight display of a solitary HAWAIIAN PETREL which was found and immediately identified by ace leader, Alex Rinkert. The petrel put on quite a show, sauntering in and out of the wake, rising high on the waves. Everyone on board had excellent views. Many photographs were taken. This petrel was observed in Monterey County.
    
    You can see some of Beth Hamel’s images here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/hawaiian-petrel-monterey-bay-august-25.html
    
    Also, images by Dave and Tammy McQuade here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/hawaiian-petrel-images-by-dave-tammy.html
    
    Other trip highlights included great views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; BULLER’S, SOOTY, and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; one ASHY STORM-PETREL; a grand slam on the jaegers: POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED; SABINE’S GULL; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN’S AUKLETS.
    
    We encountered 13 humpback whales, and capped off the end of the day with several BLUE WHALES.
    
    You can find a full trip report with images and full checklist, here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/08/monterey-bay-pelagic-trip-august-25-2017.html
    
    Many thanks to the wonderful group of birders who joined us from near and far, as well as three of the folks doing a ABA Big Year! Hawaiian Petrel was a life bird for many on board. Finally, I thank the loyal leaders: Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Clay Kempf, and Rick Fournier.
    
    Looking for something to do on Labor Day Weekend We have trips on September 1 departing from Monterey and September 2 and 3 departing from Half Moon Bay. For a reservation, email me: debi@... .
    
    Living the Salt Life & SeaBirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  21. Another Cook's Petrel Year? LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 8:06pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Seabirders,
    
    Dave Pereksta’s awesome pelagic trip report from Ventura, July 16th, has many of us scratching our head’s and asking: Could this year be another COOK’S PETREL year similar to 2009
    
    In 2009, unprecedented numbers of COOK’S PETRELS were seen close to shore. It began in SoCal, but on Shearwater Journeys’ July 31, 2009 Monterey Bay pelagic trip, we also recorded a record 138 Cook’s petrels. The first sightings were only 13.3 miles offshore, Monterey. We haven’t see Cook’s Petrels like we did in 2009 since — think about that!
    
    I fully intend to put in a good search for Cook’s Petrels, and Hawaiian Petrels, too, on our upcoming trips. During this time period in 2009, a Stejneger’s Petrel and Short-tailed Albatross were also seen. We found a SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS on our September 16, 2009 trip, as well.
    
    Here’s our program of trips: Spaces are available on all trips, except as noted below.
    
    MONTEREY: August 4* & 25*; September 1*, 7, 8, 10, 22, 23, 24, 30; October 8.
    Monterey trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Trips may be extended an hour or so to search for petrels.
    
    ALBACORE GROUNDS: OFFSHORE MONTEREY: September 9: 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Limited spaces available)
    
    FARALLON ISLANDS: August 6 & 13 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    
    HALF MOON BAY: August 12 (one space available); September 2, 3, 15, 16; October 7.
    
    Please see our web site for more information:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    To read more about the Cook’s Petrel Invasion of 2009, please see these reports:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/monterey-bay-cooks-july-31-2009-story.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/short-tailed-albatross-july-30-2009.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/captain-cooks-petrels-rage-on.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/august-6-2009-cooks-petrel-chase-trip.html
    Cook’s Petrels off Point Pinos:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/monterey-bay-nearshore-cooks-petrels.html
    
    Short-tailed Albatross seen on Shearwater Journeys’ September 16, 2009 trip:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/sep-16-2009-trip-report-steller-day.html
    
    Farallon Islands reports:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/08/farallon-islands-aug-2-2009-awesome-day.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/tufted-puffins-golden-gate-bridge.html
    
    About the Albacore Trip:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html
    
    We shall be covering many Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties offshore.
    
    One thing is for certain— there is an awful lot of food out there, even nearshore. Spotters on the Farallon Islands, counted over 250 whales in one day. There’s krill and schooling fish, everywhere, it seems. It couldn’t be better! Many folks hesitated to jump on board for the Cook’s Petrels trips in ’09 and regretted that later. August seems to be the best month, although early September could be good, too. Escape the heat and enjoy a cooling, salty breeze!
    
    As many have heard me say, “It’s all about food.”
    Living the Salt Life on this side of the Pacific now,
    Debi
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  23. cruise pelagic 3 May: 5 Hawaiians, 7 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 4, 2017 @ 5:08am, 1 year(s) ago
    A cruise-ship pelagic with ca. 20 birders aboard the "Coral Princess"
    
    between Los Angeles and Vancouver was between southern Monterey and
    
    central Mendocino Counties on 3 May. Highlights included:
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: total of 5, with excellent views and photos (1 San
    
    Mateo, 2 San Francisco, 2 Mendocino)
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: total of at least 7, ditto views/photos (1 Monterey, 2
    
    San Francisco, 1 Marin, 3 Mendocino)
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: total of 2 (San Mateo, Mendocino)
    
    But zero Cook's Petrels, following two April cruises with moderate
    
    numbers in virtually every county traversed during daylight.
    
    Also, a flock of 7 Arctic Terns in Monterey and still good numbers for
    
    spring of both Fork-tailed and Leach's Storm-Petrels along most of route.
    
    Lost a few hours of the day to dense fog, mostly in AM.
    
    Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  25. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 1 year(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  27. Pelagic News LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:21am, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a wildlife filled pelagic trip September 18th from Half Moon Bay covering both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Highlights were many: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; one good view of a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL and 53 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; the NORTHERN GANNET was on sail rock; 165 SABINE’S GULLS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; one TUFTED PUFFIN. A Hawaiian Petrel was called out on the trip, but due to short, distant views by only a couple (excellent) birders on the trip, we have decided not to include this species on the list. The Black-vented Shearwaters either continued north along the coast (but no reports from shore), or did a U-turn and went south. Monterey Bay still had a few when we were last out.
    
    The cetacean show was outstanding: 5 BLUE WHALES; 45 HUMPBACK WHALES; 5 COMMON DOLPHINS and 10 DALL’S PORPOISES. The feeding whales were quite amazing! Still lots of food around.
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton and Debi Shearwater co-leading. This weekend, we have trips departing from Monterey on SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25. Spaces are available on all trips. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
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  29. deepwater cruise 5/12 off nw CA & OR: 2 Hawaiians, 4 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2016 @ 4:57am, 2 year(s) ago
    On 12 May, a group of birders were aboard the Grand Princess on the
    
    first full day of our San Francisco to southeast Alaska and back
    
    round-trip. This cruise goes direct from SF to Juneau, thus goes through
    
    deep, very offshore waters--to the tune of 200 miles out off northern
    
    OR, WA, and s. BC. The day started at dawn already 45 miles off Arcata
    
    and quickly headed NW even farther offshore and entered OR waters just
    
    two hours later. Much of the time spent way off Oregon is over level
    
    "abyssal plain" waters, so overall diversity and numbers (except for the
    
    ubiquitous Leach's Storm-Petel) is often--but not always--fairly
    
    limited. Species seen in numbers closer to shore can be pretty scarce
    
    this far out. Totals for the day were as follows:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 2+ (off Curry/Coos Cos., OR)
    
    Black-footed Albatross: 19
    
    Northern Fulmar: 1
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: 4 (2 Del Norte, 2 Curry)
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: 2 (both Curry; about 75 miles offshore)
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 3
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 63
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 545
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 3
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 1
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 10 (all adults; perhaps a surprisingly high total
    
    this far offshore, with birds out to 140 miles)
    
    Common Murre: 2
    
    Rhinoceros Auklet: 5
    
    Herring Gull: 1 (105 miles out)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 5 (go! go! go!)
    
    Savannah Sparrow: 1
    
    --PAUL LEHMAN, San Diego
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